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What is the Community of Observers?

It's a new way to connect with people who care about the ways our landscape is responding to changes in our ecosystems, especially the effects of shifts in weather patterns due to global climate change.


Observers are citizen scientists who watch and record the habits of specific birds, butterflies and wildflowers in the fields, forests and wetlands they know best. Observers also set up a weather station to measure temperature and precipitation. Over time, these observations will contribute to living maps that describe the nature of our region and how it might be changing.

Find how you can become a Fairbanks Observer.

The region we’re observing:

Map of the Community of Observers Region: Vermont, New Hampshire, Eastern NY, Northern MA & Southern Quebec

Sample Observations


Date: 2-25-15

Time: 8:30 am

Location: Saint Johnsbury, VT

Species: Northern Cardinal

Observation: Two male Cardinals at a feeder behind someone's house right along the side of the road.

Weather: 20's starting to warm up.


Date: 4-06-14

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Albany, VT

Weather: Lenticular cloud...huge...clear above/below


Date: 9-07-14

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Saint Johnsbury, VT

Species: Monarch

Observation: One Monarch wafting down Summer Street. My first one this year!

Weather: Sunny and windy


Date: 6-23-14

Time: 3:40 pm

Location: Newark, VT

Species: False Hellebore, Indian Poke

Observation: false hellebore growing in brushy area logged several yeara ago

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Rare Sightings

Rare Sightings

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